Team members become pawns of a psychopathic killer.

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The team is splitting up for a holiday. Although they are on different locations, only Derek Morgan and Elle Greenaway stay in the same Jamaican hotel where a friend gave him a good rate. Suddenly they all get abrupt proof of the activity of a killer who calls Hotch -at his family home- telling him not the mind the first victims but save the girl. The diverse, personal clues prove he knows each team member well, as it turns out hacked from Garcia's computer files, and all fit in one grand scheme. Several clues converge to a certain Frank Ginley who got many convictions, but at his Langley home they find his corps, the start of a new elaborate series of clues for what he calls the team's quest, and it's obviously unusually personal, not sexual. There is a cliffhanger... Written by KGF Vissers

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Morgan often calls Reid 'Pretty Boy'. Off-camera, Shemar Moore calls Matthew Gray Gubler 'Pretty Ricky' and Gubler calls Moore 'Baby Boy' in reference to Morgan's nickname for Garcia 'Baby Girl'. See more »

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At about minute 30, when the team are in Frank Giles' bedroom and Reid is trying to recreate the 3pm shadow of the sword, the light reaches just above the line on the wall, with the shadow sword almost touching that line. But after the scene where Morgan removes the table the light and the shadow are considerably lower. and in the next scene, the close-up, where Morgan taps on the wall, the light again reaches just above the line, but the shadow is a good deal higher up, suggesting that the light source is positioned closer and with a steeper upward slant. See more »

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Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: Please don't tell me you have a crush on a fictional character.
Penelope Garcia: He's not fictional. He's the online alter ego of a real person.
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: [skeptically] Hmm-hmm. But you don't know anything about him. Or even if he is a "him".
Penelope Garcia: Okay, you know what? I do- look, we meet online at specified times that he is never late to. We spend hours adventuring and chatting, during which time I have his undivided attention, and he lavishes me with flattery.
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: Wow...
Penelope Garcia: When was the last time you had a date go that well?
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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What a cracker of a season finale
11 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Both of "The Fisher King" episodes are classic examples of why this reviewer loves 'Criminal Minds' as much as she does. At its best (like in this season this, "The Fox" and "Riding the Lightning"), it was riveting television and even the weakest episodes (and admittedly there are some weak ones) have redeeming values.

The only real criticism of "The Fisher King Part I" for me is the slow-moving first fifteen minutes, which does feel like filler. However, this reviewer is actually willing to overlook that because the rest of the episode is so brilliant. And as well as having a general indifference to Elle (usually this reviewer finds her annoying and coldly played), she is actually tolerable here, this is an example of where her vulnerability is relatable. Even if you're indifferent or dislike someone, nobody deserves to go through what she goes through here.

As always with 'Criminal Minds', "The Fisher King Part I" looks great. Stylish, atmospheric and never cheap-looking, as well as beautifully and cleverly shot. The music is suitably haunting and hypnotic, while never being over-the-top, melodramatic, intrusive or ill-fitting. As with the best of 'Criminal Minds', the writing is incredibly thought-provoking, structurally tight, smart and achieves a perfect balance of moods.

It's tautly paced, strongly directed and the tension and suspense keeps piling until it rises to fever pitch. The cliff-hanger is quite easily one of the best in the series, 'Criminal Minds' has been a mixed bag when it comes to cliff-hangers, but the one in "The Fisher King Part I" is suspenseful, nail-biting and overall brilliantly executed, and leaves one hungry and thirsty for more.

Here the characters are very well written as always and love the chemistry and support for each other once again, even when apart for a good deal of the episode. Really loved how strong and independent characters show a more vulnerable side in this episode. The acting is typically very good all round, even with the unsub spending much of his fairly limited screen-time almost unseen he still evokes chills from his voice alone.

In summary, a cracker of a season finale. One of the best 'Criminal Minds' season finales without a doubt as well. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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